France out for revenge
November 24, 2009
France are looking for a clean sweep of their November series after defeating the Springboks and Samoa and their final hurdle comes in the form of Graham Henry's New Zealand at the Stade Velodrome on Saturday.
Having shared a two-Test series over the summer there is plenty of spice to this encounter, with the French full of confidence after their victory in Dunedin. The All Blacks have the overwhelming advantage through the years, winning 35 of the countries' 48 Tests, but lost the only previous meeting in Marseille in 2000. The All Blacks returned to the ground in 2007 for a 76-14 Rugby World Cup canter against Italy.
In recent years the fixture has become synonymous with France dumping the All Blacks out of the Rugby World Cup in 2007, a game which incidentally ended a seven Test losing streak for the French against the All Blacks.
France v New Zealand Match Stats:
Played 48; France won 12; New Zealand won 35; One drawn match
First Test: France 8-38 New Zealand, Parc des Princes, January 1, 1906
Latest Test: New Zealand 14-10 France, Westpac Stadium, June 20, 2009
Drawn Test Match: France 20-20 New Zealand, Stade de France, November 16, 2002
France' largest winning margin: 14 points, New Zealand 8-22 New Zealand, Lancaster Park, June 26, 1994
New Zealand's largest winning margin: 51 points, New Zealand 61-10 France, Westpac Stadium, June 9, 2007
New Zealand's winning sequence: One Test, June 20, 2009 to present day
Click Here for France's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for New Zealand's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for a full record of all France v New Zealand matches courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for a full France v New Zealand record at the Stade Velodrome
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